Appearance = 26 year old girl in t-shirt and shorts, sweaty; Mood = “awesome”

That’s psych terms for I just had a freaking fantastic day. It was sunny and 63. I got out in time to enjoy it. I went on a 4mi run in t-shirt and shorts. And, I made (and remembered to take pictures of) an amazing dinner. Awesome.

Now I know you’re like hmmm…hot shrimp and polenta, that is an odd choice for a post-run meal on a warm day, but trust me, it’s a good idea. It’s thick, full of carbs and protein, really everything you need to replenish after hard work. Also even though it’s “hot” food, it’s somehow cooling. Don’t ask me to explain the science…it just works.

The “cheesy” part comes from the nutritional yeast. It’s brilliant stuff and totally true to it’s name. 2 tbsp = 8 gms protein, 133% of your daily B12 and all kinds of other vitamins. Find it dirt cheap…and I’m talking like 33 cents for a bagful…in the bulk food bins at whole foods.

Try it out. And you should totally get outside while it’s warm. Vitamin D, it’s a good thing.

Bonus picture of my fat cat caught in the act of…being fat.

“Cheesy” Polenta and Shrimp – makes 2 servings

3/4 cup corn meal
2.5 – 3 cups water
1/2 cup coffeemate (lactose free!), nondairy or dairy milk product
1.5 tsp salt (more to taste, I probably used like 3…)
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp dried onion
1 tsp garlic
~18 shrimp peeled and cooked (I like to use the pre-cooked frozen kind from the bag…we’re not fancy here)

Place the corn meal, water, “milk”, salt, pepper, cayenne and nutritional yeast into a saucepan set to medium heat. Heat to boil, then turn heat down stirr vigorously with a whisk.

Add your butter, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder. Keep whisking until it starts to thicken.

Now you have two options.

1) Put a lid on it, turn the heat very low and walk away…Stir every 10 minutes for ~45 minutes.

2) Keep stirring it on medium heat continuously for 10-15 minutes.

I am impatient, so I choose option number 2. It really depends on whether you’re the type who prefers to go do something else with your time, or the type of person who hovers over the pot staring at it until it cooks faster (this totally works by the way).

Either way, when it’s creamy it’s done. Serve yourself a big portion. I also suggest letting it cool to room temperature before attempting to eat it. It thickens even more and takes on an amazing texture. Plus you don’t burn your mouth.

Enjoy the warm weather!